A drive through Habitat for Humanity’s new Faith Subdivision in Bryan will yield a vision of happiness with kids running around, playing basketball and, now, swinging and sliding. The final piece of the new subdivision – a big blue and green playground – was installed in April.
The new neighborhood off East MLK in Bryan is now home to 24 families with 58 kids. Construction on the first house began in October 2012. Eighteen months later, thanks to tremendous support from local donors and volunteers, the 24th and final home was dedicated.
The new homeowners are determined to provide a safe neighborhood for kids to grow up. Melanie Carson, who lives in Faith Subdivision with her husband and three young children, lived in the area as a little girl, but wasn’t allowed to play outside because it was too dangerous. She’s insistent Faith Subdivision will be different. With Habitat’s help, she not only built a safe, decent home for her young family, she’s also building a safe community for her children and neighbors.
One of those neighbors, ten-year-old Marisol Sanchez, says the most exciting thing about her new house is that she can play outside with other kids. Many of the kids who live in Faith had formerly lived in unsafe neighborhoods and moved often. Now, the children have stability, enough space to relax, do homework, and, with the playground, a great place to play.
When the playground’s initial funding grant fell through, Habitat’s board president, Denise Bermudez, generously funded the project herself. Volunteers from Aggie Habitat, Texas A&M University’s Habitat for Humanity student chapter, and College Station High School students installed the playground.
Additionally, the Bryan Rotary Club funded and installed a pavilion adjacent to the playground. Complete with picnic tables, the pavilion offers parents a place to sit and visit with one another while watching the kids play. It also served as the venue for the neighborhood’s first block party in May.
Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build homes, communities and hope, is on full display in Faith Subdivision. Now in its 25th year, the local affiliate will build its 250th home in Bryan/College Station in the fall. Providing decent housing for low-income families is a long-term solution with the greatest impact on children. The safety and stability of a decent home provide a solid foundation on which children can thrive.
Though Faith is complete, there are still many local families in need of good homes. “Don’t stop now,” declared Ella Foster at the dedication of her house in Faith Subdivision. “Those of ya’ll who have been volunteering, continue to volunteer. When this subdivision is finished, we’re going to help somebody else. Because just as I was standing in need, there are others standing in need. We just need to keep it going.”